Blissful Living

Setting Intentions for the New Year

Happy New Year beloved!

It’s Day 1 of the new year and it’s the perfect time to set your intentions for the things you want to see happen in 2018. What does it mean to set an intention?

By definition, intention means to do something with and on purpose. So, you are setting the tone for the new year with and on purpose. You are going to speak those things that are not as though they were (Romans 4:17). Which means, you are going to make a path for this year using blessings and affirmations as your paving stones.

You are going to speak life into all of 2018 even though it’s only Day 1.

Ready? Let’s do it!

First, let’s prepare ourselves.
Put on something comfy, get your favorite snack and a cup of herbal tea (hot chocolate, coffee, warm cider, you get the idea.). Now, find a quiet place to exhale, relax and listen.

Exhale:

Close your eyes and inhale slowly and deeply. Exhale slowly. Do this at least 5 times, focusing on your breath and counting each inhalation as you go. If you still find your mind racing repeat the exercise until you feel present in the moment.

Relax:

With eyes still closed, begin to visualize your body being scanned by a brilliant white light. Beginning at your head, slowly allow the the light the move down your body. As the light moves, feel the tense in your body ease and relax. When you have finished this exercise, say the following:

I pause for a moment, aware that God is here.
I think of how everything around me,
the air I breathe, my whole body,
is tingling with the presence, light and love of God. (taken from the book – Sacred Space 2007)

Now…

exhale, relax and listen

Listen:

Visualize all the positive things you want to see in 2018. For you, your family, your quality of life.

Now, write it all down. Next, go back and write each thought separately as an affirmation or blessing. Some examples:

Blessings:
May I be filled with joy.
May I be a reflection of God’s love.
May I be strong & courageous.
May I be…

Affirmation:
I am worthy of all God has for me.
I draw God’s healing into my body.
I open my heart to…
I am capable of …
If you find yourself saying “I will be…” change it to “I am.” Remember, you want to speak it as though it is, not as you hope it to be.

There’s no limit to the length of time or amount of writing when doing this exercise. Remember, this is your time with God. Enjoy it.

Close:
When you are done writing, speak all of those blessings and affirmations aloud with confidence.

Embrace it.
Claim it.
Receive it.

Amen

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